MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 185 this week

Owning Mahowny (2003)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller, Drama  |  25 September 2003 (Argentina)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 9,797 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 81 user | 78 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 07 Jan 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 05 Jan 2012
 
O
a list of 36 titles
created 27 Feb 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 24 Jun 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 04 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Owning Mahowny" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Owning Mahowny (2003)

Owning Mahowny (2003) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Owning Mahowny.

User Polls

3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Love Liza (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, a web designer turns to gasoline fumes and remote-control airplanes while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.

Director: Todd Louiso
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Annie Morgan, Kathy Bates
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.

Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.

Director: David Mamet
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Rebecca Pidgeon
Montana (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Claire is a tough gang member that has to find the Boss' mistress, Kitty, who ran away from him. She is accompanied by Boss' trigger-happy son Jimmy. Claire's colleague gangster Nick is ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Leitzes
Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, Stanley Tucci, Robin Tunney
The Savages (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Director: Tamara Jenkins
Stars: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Giles De'Ath is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with film star, Ronnie Bostock. He then investigates everything about the movie and Ronnie. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Kwietniowski
Stars: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi
Flawless (1999)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.

Director: Yaron Zilberman
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The Levys, a glamorous couple, used to make their living robbing golfers, until they met their fatal handicap. Years later, scriptwriter Remy Gravelle decides to observe the Levy progeny as... See full summary »

Director: Amos Poe
Stars: Eric Mitchell, Daisy Hall, Alba Clemente
Szuler (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The year is 1750. Europe is in a ravaged state following a plague. Victor Moritz and Rufolf de Sevre are gamblers, frequenters of elegant casinos and fashionable brothels. Rudolf is a young... See full summary »

Director: Adek Drabinski
Stars: Alice Adair, Leonard Andrzejewski, Joanna Bielicka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Richard Kwietniowski
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Richard Kwietniowski
Stars: Gael García Bernal, John Hurt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Belinda
...
...
Frank Perlin
...
Det. Ben Lock
Sonja Smits ...
Dana Selkirk
...
Bernie (as Chris Collins)
...
Dave Quinson
...
Doug (as Vincent Corazza)
Roger Dunn ...
Bill Gooden
Eric Fink ...
Psychologist
Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang ...
Parking Attendant
Tanya Henley ...
Teller
Brona Brown ...
Teller
...
Briggs
Edit

Storyline

Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Dan Mahowny--the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The true story of a mild mannered banker and his magnificent obsession. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 September 2003 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

A Queda de um Jogador  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,287 (USA) (2 May 2003)

Gross:

$1,011,054 (USA) (17 October 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The real person Dan Mahowny is based on is now a consultant for a company that investigates fraud. See more »

Goofs

The craps table that Mahowney plays at in Atlantic City has the "Big 6" and "Big 8" bets. These bets were never approved in Atlantic City and have never appeared on the layout of any of the city's craps tables. See more »

Quotes

Investigator #1: You've got a gambling problem, right?
Dan Mahowny: No...
[chuckles]
Dan Mahowny: No, sir.
Investigator #1: Come on. You didn't get a buzz out of it?
Dan Mahowny: I have a... financial problem. A shortfall.
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits you'll see the strongroom door from the start again and hear the sound of the ball in a roulette wheel. Rien ne vas plus. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Jack Goes Boating (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Gambler
25 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Owning Mahowny" shown recently on cable came as a total surprise. This is a film to watch because of the amazing performance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Under the direction of Richard Kwietniowski, and based on a real incident that occurred in Toronto in the 80s, this film speaks clearly about an addiction and what it does to a man who is in complete denial about his problem.

Dan Mahowny is not exactly what one would expect from a bank executive. He appears unkempt and to a certain degree dirty, so that alone, would have made any bank manager pass him over, in favor of a pretty boy who would have looked the part. Obviously, the real Dan was a man that knew his banking business and it was on that basis that he was appointed to the executive post.

It appears clearly that Dan is in trouble. The reptilian Frank Perlin comes to him at the beginning of the film to demand what Dan owes him. The only problem is that Dan doesn't have the money. Dan's solution is to "borrow" funds from the bank to cover his debts. This is the beginning of Dan's descent into hell. His gambling addiction will make him steal more and more. As a gambler, Dan plays without any plan. It appears, like with other gamblers, Mahowny is superstitious, as we see when his friend goes to his table to put a curse, in this sick man's mind, and he will lose everything. The next occasion is when he breaks the bank in Atlantic City. Instead of listening to his friend, who tells him to walk away, he gambles it all and ends up with nothing.

Dan, like other gamblers, is only concerned with gambling in any shape, or form. Mahowny couldn't care less for the mousy Belinda, the woman who loves him and who confronts him about his gambling addiction. Belinda even offers to give him all her savings to repay his debts, which at the time, have reached astronomic proportions. Belinda's love makes her stand by her man, no matter how bad things are. There's a ray of hope at the end as one sees Dan and Belinda standing next to the fall in Niagara.

This is a film that offers a magnificent nuanced performance from Mr. Hoffman. This actor has the ability to get into the skin of all his characters. Aside from being an accomplished actor, he always projects the angst and the turmoil that is going inside Dan. There is not a false moment in Mr. Hoffman's portrayal of Dan. Having seen him on stage, one can only wonder what can't this man do.

Minnie Driver, as Belinda is perfect as the girl who thinks Dan is the only man for her. Instead of abandoning him once she realizes his problem, she stays until the end. One hopes things did work out for them, because this is a woman who clearly deserve some happiness.

The other great performance is by John Hurt. He plays the Atlantic City casino manager that knows what makes Dan tick. Victor Fox realizes what goes on in the gambler's psyche. Ultimately, he knows Dan will lose everything because he plays without any plan at all. Maury Chaykin has some good moments playing Frank Perlin.

The scenes of the casino, which probably were filmed in either a studio, or one of the smaller places, have a seedy look. We don't get wowed by all the opulence one encounters in the big places of Las Vegas, or Atlantic City.

Director Kwietniowski, concentrates in keeping his camera on Dan's face as we watch the gambler in action. Ultimately the film belongs to Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his honest and accomplished take on a man who gambled his future away.


23 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Canadian accents XB-1
Location was ridiculous Luluhalabaloo
What game was Mahowny playing when.... qwshadow
Ending help plleeeease! DeNiroJr
where can you get this movie? dancer87
Title cut-off during the opening credits bogtrotter
Discuss Owning Mahowny (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?